Airwindows plugins are modular, graphic-less, stripped-down, Audio Unit plugins, for the Mac. They're all coded to work on PPC and Intel processors, because there are a lot of perfectly good PPC Macs out there in studios. They are also all 64 bit- triple binary, i386 / x86_64 / ppc. And they're all $50 USD (VAT may apply in some countries).
The most popular plugins are BussColors for modeling SSL, Neve, API, MCI and other mixing desks' tone, Console for expanding 3-D space inside the digital summing algorithm itself, and ToTape which is my reel-to-reel tape clone. I also recommend looking into Logical for 2-buss compression, Space as a mix reverb, and ADClip, which is one heck of an effective output clipper, for catching overs gracefully and allowing drums to peak extra loud.
Airwindows' main thing is its ITB mixing system (links at the top of the page will lead you to specific areas of interest). It's built out of generic-interface plugins, which typically focus on doing only one thing, often with very simple controls, labelled to help understanding but not to encourage formulaic work. Airwindows is about listening. It's about the sound being far more exciting than looking at the screen, because that's all your audience will have to go by. If you get good feelings, it had better be about what you hear!
The base ITB mixing system will show you how to override Logic's internal mix math using plugins, and replace it with an ITB system that sounds bigger and deeper.
The advanced ITB mixing system shows techniques for using some of the powerful, existing Logic plugins within the Airwindows system, and discusses alternate ways to structure it, and some startling tricks you can do if you really know what you're doing. Not for beginners!
The additional modules section covers a very wide range of auxiliary products- some of which you might find indispensable in their own right. Some are very simple, and some are distinctly unique and extremely sophisticated under the hood, but any might turn out to be a 'secret weapon' either for workflow or tone quality. They're just not part of the base system for everybody.
The mastering section includes the Airwindows line of compressors and loudness maximizers, discussed and compared so you know what to listen for- each person is likely to have different favorites here. It also discusses suitable Airwindows 2-buss signal chains, for those who are building a lot of mastering-style processing into their mixes.
The freebies are free :) and numerous! They include EXS24 instruments, reverb impulses, and lots and lots of plugins.
The demos for the commercial plugins are here for you to test on your system. These are not unlockable by a serial number- the real Airwindows plugins have no serial numbers or keys, and can't possibly go wrong on you because there's nothing to them but the audio code. With no graphical layer and no copy-protection ever, these are real bulletproof and reliable. The demos are exactly what you'll get, except they're hard-coded to politely mute every couple minutes. They don't ever expire, so you can keep them around as long as you want, with nothing more to keep track of. They look like the real plugins in your mix, because Logic caches the names- I needed to set it up so if you swapped in the real plugin, your mixes would retain everything you'd set up using the demos, for convenience. So you have to keep track of which plugins are demos yourself- the .component files have 'demo' on the end of the name. Remove the demo version when you put in the real one :)
(Note to Digital Performer users: please test any plugin you're thinking of getting, by downloading the demo and trying it! At this point two working, validating AU plugins have failed on some versions of DP- AllSpace (FarSpace3 still fine) and the new DubSub (original BassKit was fine). In some cases, they validate if you re-scan them in an opened session, so there might still be a way even if they won't validate initially!)
With all of these plugins, the demos, and the freebies, the way to install them is not by clicking the 'component' file- what you have to do is place it in a certain folder (either in the system or your home directory), which is Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components. If you put AU plugins in there, all programs that can use them will know how to find them, automatically. (You would have to quit and restart the program if it was already running.) They should be put directly into the Components folder, not into subfolders (as convenient as that would be, it doesn't always work.)
Once you have bought a plugin, please back it up safely. Copy it to any computer you need to mix on- please clean up after yourself when you go, your respect and good will is my copy protection.
Airwindows plugins will never shut themselves off, demand a dongle, phone home, switch into demo modes or in any way screw with you. This is intentional, and an act of principle against the reg-code-laden, dongle-happy, audio engineer unfriendly state of many plugin vendors. Please do your part- if you know anyone distributing these plugins, ask them to quit it, and if someone's using them who hasn't bought them, bug them to come here and do the right thing. The cost of these plugs is very low specifically to encourage doing the honest thing.
Updates work like this: everybody gets updates for free, to the email address they provided with the initial plugin order- existing Airwindows customers know this, some have been getting updates and crossgrades for years off a single order in 2007.
Crossgrades work like this: wherever possible, if a plugin has been discontinued, the entire userbase has been switched over free to a comparable newer plugin. Of course they get to keep the original plugin, too. This is most likely when someone's bought a plugin that sells very little, and a better idea in the same area comes along. For instance, Neverland etc. turned into the Character bundle which turned into BussColors which turned into BussColors3, and buyers of the original 'seed' of all that, got crossgrades to each new thing, free.
This is the refund policy- I will take care of you no matter what, whether it is in Kagi's existing 30 day refund policy or outside of it. Whatever it takes, I will make it right. Do understand that doing refunds actually costs me money, so don't do them needlessly- I should not have to pay you to use my work for free. I'd like to think I can earn the right to be treated better than that, by treating people right myself.
I'm available by phone (look carefully below at the bottom of the page) to help with any problems you might have- all I ask is that phone support be for an Airwindows plugin you've bought, or are seriously meaning to buy. There's nothing more important than helping one of my users and I feel that this inevitably helps me in return because the person might talk positively about Airwindows in future. You may have to leave a call-back number as telemarketing has rendered this phone fairly useless, but it is still my phone :) if your number is blocked, I will tend to assume you're another telemarketer.
However, you don't have to make a phone call- you can also send email which will get nearly as quick a response. I'll do whatever I can to answer your questions or set you up with suitable plugins.
Thank you! -Chris